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Crypt Lake Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-859-2362
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One of a kind!

Don't let the reviews scare you out of doing this hike. It is fine for the average person. The... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Ladder and tunnel and cable, Oh my!!

8.5 kms with 700m of elevation gain featuring a ladder, 60 ft tunnel and then a cable to hold for... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-859-2362
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Reviewed August 10, 2016

Don't let the reviews scare you out of doing this hike. It is fine for the average person. The views are well worth it. It is a must do in Waterton. You hike, climb a small ladder, duck through a tunnel, and arrive at a...More

1  Thank nemosgirl
Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

8.5 kms with 700m of elevation gain featuring a ladder, 60 ft tunnel and then a cable to hold for support As you inch up the last exposed bit with 600ft of air beneath you!! In 2014, National Geographic listed this on "The world's 20...More

1  Thank 2Calgarytravlers
Reviewed July 29, 2016

For the most part, this beautiful and unique hike is easily accomplished by healthy people of any age. What makes it moderate in my books is the tunnel and cliff traverse near the top of the climb which is frightening for children and the timid....More

1  Thank Wayne L
Reviewed July 28, 2016

This hike has it all: boats, a ladder, a natural tunnel, and a cable for traversing a cliff face. It was good fun, very exhilarating and should not be missed!!!

Thank CarolefromAus
Reviewed July 27, 2016

You need the earliest boat because this is a all day event, Take lots of water and a lunch plus some energy bars, The tunnel is not for the fear of heights. Go at least to the water falls . It gets real hot by...More

Thank dsdmontana
Reviewed July 27, 2016

The boat ride to the Crypt Landing takes 12 minutes. Though there are 2-3 departures in the morning I think it is always best to leave early (830AM) for any longish hike, especially this one , which is over 10 miles long in and out,...More

2  Thank okoshi2002
Reviewed July 26, 2016

Beautiful hike in one of the most beautiful national parks. Get there early to get the boat (which is reasonably priced), especially if it's a nice weekend day as it can get quite busy. The boat ride over is quick, and you get a nice...More

Thank nikstravels123
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The hike was very enjoyable but I certainly wouldn't rate it over Carthews-Alderson. The latter is more spectacular as well as more challenging. In fact, the many mentions here about "the risk factor ' discouraged my partner from doing it, which was a big mistake....More

Thank Caminoista
Reviewed July 26, 2016

This hike starts with a boat ride across the lake, then a 5.4 mile hike with 2,585 feet of elevation gain. The lower section is not so steep switchbacks in heavy vegetation, but the upper switchbacks are in the open and much steeper. You will...More

1  Thank AustinWhitewater
Reviewed July 22, 2016

The trail is pretty fun and well kept! Our trail-book showed a pretty steep elevation toward the end, but it didn't feel that way because the switchbacks slope gently and are well laid-out for great views. Half the hike is in trees, much appreciated in...More

4  Thank MrSaraNicole
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August 6, 2017|
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Response from Chris W | Reviewed this property |
I'd wait. it's a tough hike for a younger and even tougher for you being 6 months pregnant The earliest boat collection is 1600. so you'd be there from 1000 - 1600.
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Josselin D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We went there in June and we purchase 2 tickets only 1h before the departure at 10am. No problem. But maybe as it is a pik season now, I would recommand to buy tickets the day before. Note that in July there is 3... More
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Response from Lori034 | Reviewed this property |
I agree - join up with another group. We had another Lady that was hiking alone join us. I couldn't imagine hiking it alone. Three of us got ahead of our group for a bit and that seemed isolated LOL We started singing Disney... More